I just visited Bookies in Denver. A great bookstore packed with books. My friends here are taking such good care of me. It has been a great trip and today I did a bit of shopping. I had never been to Bookies, so it was fun. (I also got some GREAT earrings at 5 Green Boxes. If you are ever in Denver, I would find this store. Very cool stuff.
I picked up two new animal books for the library. I have found that it is hard to find great nonfiction that younger readers can read on their own. And, it seems like we never have enough books about animals. So I found two new nonfiction picture books that meet both needs. And both have great photographs that readers will love.
PANDA KINDERGARTEN by Joanne Ryder tells about a day in the life of the baby pandas at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda at Wolong Nature Preserve. The photos of the panda cubs are adorable and the author gives us a peek into their day. After the baby pandas are born and cared for they go off to "Panda Kindergarten" where they play with other panda cubs and discover new things. It is a great look into a place that is helping to protect the Giant Panda. The text is perfect--since so much of the story is told in photos, the text is perfect for younger readers. 6-10 lines of text are the average per page. Lots of information about a great topic in a very kid-friendly book.
TIGER PUPS by Tom and Allie Harvey is the second book that I purchased. At the Safari Zoological Park in Kansas, 3 Tiger cubs were born. For some reason, the cubs' mother stopped taking care of the cubs so Tom and Allie Harvey's golden retriever, Isabella took over. Tom and Allie and Isabella took care of the pups in their home until they were big enough to live outside. This book is a great story for all ages. Great photos accompany text that is perfect for primary students. You can find lots of information about the pups as they grow on the zoo site.
These books are exactly the kinds of books I have been looking for for the school library--great animal stories that can be ready by young children and enjoyed by all ages.